Series, sub-series, arcs, family sagas

The new official series name for my currents books is Stories of Clandestina. All of the series’ sub-series/mini-series/arcs that happen in Clandestina will be part of it.
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I’ve actually had this on the Amazon page for a while, but had it alongside ‘The Larkspur Series’ as well, essentially giving it two series names. Amazon contacted me recently about how this could be a problem and to pick one. So I did.
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But I also needed to show people that, while they should be read in order, there are different ‘parts’ to the series. Arcs, sub-series, etc.
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Using the term ‘series’ again only made it confusing (hence Amazon contacting me). So from now on it’s going to be The Larkspur Quartet that follows Pierre and Lizzy’s earlier adventures in Piques. It shows a sub-section to the series and easily tells you how many books there are in the section.
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After this I have a stand-alone story planned about Ophion meeting Eglė, and then another Quartet that continues to follow Pierre and Lizzy, but with many more characters, and a different central conflict than before. Hence a new ‘sub-series.’
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I decided to go with an overall Series name instead of letting the arcs be their own series because, as a reader, I have read books out of order before. And it’s annoying. Many authors have multiple series in one world and they tend to have a ‘preferred reading order’ but unless you go on the author’s website you won’t find it.
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Tamora Pierce has many great books set in Tortall. They tend to be series split based on the main character. Alanna has her books, then Daine, then Kel, etc.
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I read Daine’s books before I read Alanna’s. I did not know the two went together, or that Alanna’s story was ‘first.’ There was little indication of that. So I had some of Alanna’s story spoiled for me because of references made in Daine’s books to a previous series.
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I’d rather this not happen to my readers unless I purposefully write something out of chronological order.

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